The Morris County Board of County Commissioners have issued proclamations for both the Month of 2022 for Older Americans and Mental Health Month, both of which are observed nationwide in May.
“It is important every year to recognize the people in our society who have gone before us. They’ve built this nation…and we also recognize the wisdom they’ve gathered over time, and that we can still benefit from it every day,” Chief Executive Officer Tayfun Selen said at a board working session meeting.
Selen presented a framed proclamation to Christine Hellyer, director of the Morris County Office on Aging, Disabilities, & Community Programming, and to Carol Stoltz, who retired on April 30 after serving 21 years as a care manager with seniors and people with disabilities. .
“During our annual Mental Health Awareness observance, we also extend special thanks to our dedicated mental health providers,” Selen said.
“That includes everyone in our Office of Health and our Department of Human Services, especially our Division of Community and Behavioral Health Services. It also includes the dedicated members of our Hope One mobile units and Morris County’s Navigating Hope program, and it includes the Morris County Mental Health Addictions Services Advisory Board, represented here tonight,” Selen added.
Selen presented the Mental Health Awareness Month proclamation to Amy Archer, Morris County mental health administrator and Cheryl Garodnick, vice chair of the advisory board.
Month for Older Americans
“We are very fortunate to have Morris County and the Commissioner supporting our seniors in Morris County. So thank you to the commissioners for all the support and thank you to the administration for what you are doing for us to help the seniors in our community,” Hellyer said.
“I cannot emphasize the importance of the programs and services available to our Morris County seniors. When we enter the homes of our seniors, the most important thing they want, other than their health, is to age in their place. They want to stay in their house. … I’m so glad we were able to do that on behalf of the province,” Stoltz says of her 21 years working with seniors.
Mental Health Awareness Month
“Now more than ever, we see a mental health crisis not only in our province, but also at the state and national level. So thank you so much for the recognition and thank you for all the support you give to Morris County residents when it comes to behavioral health,” said Amy Archer, mental health administrator.
“Thank you for this recognition and for supporting the community with funding sources… related to mental health services. Current multi-level needs for mental health services include supporting resources to address an opioid overdose epidemic, a suicide prevention initiative, and a global pandemic. There is no time like the present for us to prioritize mental health services,” the Advisory Council’s Garodnick said.